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Kaleidoscope Club: Creating Cordiality

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Southwest Senior Ivan Diaz and Mr. Bruce Riddle laugh during discussion time at Kaleidoscope club.

Southwest Senior Ivan Diaz and Mr. Bruce Riddle laugh during discussion time at Kaleidoscope club.

Ricky Birdwell

Ricky Birdwell

Southwest Senior Ivan Diaz and Mr. Bruce Riddle laugh during discussion time at Kaleidoscope club.

Ricky Birdwell

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Kaleidoscope club is held at Southwest in the A100 forum every Tuesday after school from 2:03 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

The goal of Kaleidoscope club is to give students a community where they feel welcomed and accepted, no matter their shape or size. Sometimes students can feel like they don’t fit in, or they don’t have anyone that they can relate to. Kaleidoscope club washes these feelings of isolation away from students’ lives, and allows them to relax and have fun with other students.

 

“Our goal is to provide a spot on the school campus where kids can really be who they are and not feel like they’ve got to fit a certain type,” Mr. Bruce Riddle said. “It’s open to everyone, everybody and anybody is welcome.”

 

When the club meets, the first thing they usually do is socialize for 10-15 minutes while eating snacks to establish a feeling of community.

 

“I go every week, and I love it,” senior Abi Bennetts said. “It’s fun to hang out with people, they’re people you wouldn’t normally hang out with because you’re not really involved in the same things.”

 

After, they’ll play a game that the students pick out. Usually it involves lots of vocal activity, not much setup and gets the students involved with each other. Things like Family Feud, Mad Gab and Catchphrase.

 

To wrap up the meeting, they sit in a group and discuss general life topics like ethics, leadership, what the students plans are for the future. These are just a few examples of the many discussions they have.

 

“I personally really like the discussion because it just gives me time to relax,” junior Kelsey Hall said.

 

If the club isn’t being held in A100, there’s not really a place students can go to for information, but the club will have a student posted in the A100 forum for a little bit to redirect other students to wherever the club is being held.

 

“High schools are made up of all kinds of kids of all kinds of shapes, colors, sizes, interests and abilities,” Mr. Riddle said. “When you put all of them together it becomes a really cool thing, that’s why we call it kaleidoscope.”

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